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The Knights
Bernstein's Candide
Fully staged performances


Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA - View Map

Leonard Bernstein's delightful 1956 comic operetta Candide is based on the 18th-century philosopher Voltaire's satirical novel, which follows the title character's traumatic adventures in imperial Europe and semi-civilized South America. All the while, his teacher's philosophy of "All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds" is put to the test. Candide's vain sweetheart Cunegonde undergoes even worse trials as they're separated and reunited. Lillian Hellman wrote the original play; the song lyrics were mostly by poet Richard Wilbur. The score includes such familiar numbers as "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Make Our Garden Grow."

Featured Performers

The   Knights, The Knights Eric   Jacobsen, conductor Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Miles   Mykkanen, tenor (Candide) Miles Mykkanen, tenor (Candide) Sharleen   Joynt, soprano (Cunegonde) Sharleen Joynt, soprano (Cunegonde)
Alex   Mansoori, tenor (Baron/Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski) Alex Mansoori, tenor (Baron/Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski) Alexander   Elliott, baritone (Maximilian/Grand Inquisitor) Alexander Elliott, baritone (Maximilian/Grand Inquisitor)
Courtney   Lopes, dancer Courtney Lopes, dancer Alison   Moritz, stage director Alison Moritz, stage director
John   Heginbotham, choreographer John Heginbotham, choreographer Aaron   Copp, lighting designer Aaron Copp, lighting designer
Amanda   Seymour, Amanda Seymour
Program Notes Audio
Fully staged performances (115 min, plus one 20-minute intermission)